Melbourne Knights and Northcote City have played out a 1-1 draw at John Cain Memorial Reserve in the Round 14 National Premier League Victoria clash on Sunday afternoon.
Jonathan Munoz sent Northcote City ahead in the 21st minute, curling a free kick from 25-yards over the wall and past Chris May into the net.
Shayan Alinejad equalised for Knights in the 50th minute. Daniel Visevic’s shot was parried by Chris Theodoridis into the path of Alinejad; the winger had no trouble putting the ball into the unguarded goal.
Michael Doyle, Knights’ new signing from Adelaide, started the match at right back and put in a solid shift. Chris Antoniadis also made his debut, replacing Leo Athanasiou in the 75th minute.
Chances were few and far between in the first half, with the majority of the play taking place in the midfield where both sides struggled to get on top.
Knights thought they equalised just before half time when Tomislav Uskok put the ball in the net. The assistant referee, however, had raised his flag, judging that the ball had struck Uskok’s arm.
Just moments later, Milan Batur, still playing up front for Knights, struck the upright with a powerful volley that beat Theodoridis.
The game opened up a lot more in the second half following Alinejad’s equaliser, with numerous chances for both sides to win the game.
Just four minute after Knights’ goal, Northcote won a penalty when Antun Kovacic dragged down an opponent in the area. James Kalafatidis stepped up but Chris May dived the right way and kept the ball out.
May stepped up once again in the dying minutes of the game, pulling off a remarkable save to deny Trent Rixon – who attempted to chip the ball over Knights’ keeper.
For Knights, Uskok forced a strong save from Theodoridis in the 59th minute, when his header from a corner was directed on target.
The best opportunity to take the lead fell to Alinejad, who had a chance to double his, and Knights tally in the 85th minute. One-on-one with Theodoridis, Alinejad couldn’t direct the ball past Northcote’s custodian.
Knights’ next game is against South Melbourne in the Dockerty Cupon Wednesday, 25 June. Kick off at Lakeside Stadium is at 7:30pm.